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Meningioma in Children

  • A meningioma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumor originating from the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.

    • Meningiomas can occur in any age group.

    • They affect 2 in 100,000 people, but are much less common in children than in adults: they represent less than 1 percent of all brain tumors in children.

    • When they do affect children, meningiomas occur most often in the sixth and seventh years of life and are slightly more prevalent in boys than in girls.

    As you read further below, you will find general information about meningiomas. If you would like to view summary information about brain tumors first, see the Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center overview on brain tumors.

    How Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center approaches meningiomas

    We hold a weekly brain tumor clinic for newly diagnosed patients currently receiving treatment. Each time you come for an appointment, you meet with every specialist on your child’s team, from your pediatric neuro-oncologist, neurologist, and neurosurgeon, to your pediatric endocrinologist, psycho-oncologist and school liaison.

    Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center’s Pediatric Brain Tumor Program offers your child the following services:

    • Access to high-tech resources, like the intra-operative MRI, which allows our pediatric neurosurgeons to visualize the tumor as they operate with MRI scans. This means they can remove as much of the tumor as possible, and sometimes eliminate additional surgeries.
       
    • Expert neuropathological review, using advanced molecular diagnostic testing, to identify your child’s exact type of tumor. This information helps predict which treatments are more likely to work.
    • Access to unique Phase I clinical trials, from our own investigators, the Children’s Oncology Group and the Pediatric Oncology Experimental Therapeutics Investigators Consortium. Studies offer treatment options beyond standard therapy.
       
    • Ongoing care from pediatric neurologists familiar with the early symptoms and side effects of brain tumors and their treatments.
       
    • Access to one of the nation’s few dedicated pediatric brain tumor survivorship programs. This weekly clinic offers ongoing care to manage late effects caused by your child’s tumor or the treatment they received.
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